Each week I will publish the most Delicious Ingredients of my Audible Feast … the scrumptious, delectable, savory, rich, sweet, spicy, and best podcast episodes that have fed my ears this week. All episode descriptions and artwork come from the linked sites. (Note: I also try to track every episode I listen to here.)
Phenomenal week of episodes … enjoy this feast!
Seriously … : As Many Leaves (12/13/16): What it’s about: “One evening in the autumn of 2013, the American financial journalist and broadcaster Sally Herships received a short email from her husband telling her he was never coming home again. At first she thought it was a joke, but when she got home he and a suitcase had gone. As Sally’s life unravels, she begins to keep an audio diary. It’s a way both of processing what’s happened to her and of creating a support mechanism as she tries to cope with the aftermath. From the night he left, her husband cuts off all contact and Sally, broken-hearted, is tortured by a single question. Why?” Why it’s great: Like Terrible, Thanks for Asking, this particular episode was so emotional and raw. Herships records herself as she travels the path of a woman who’s just been left by her husband, with no explanation. It was exactly the kind of personal narrative I love. (31 minutes) Twitter: @bbcradio4
Reveal: Secrets of the Watchtower (12/10/16): What it’s about: “For the past two years, Reveal reporter Trey Bundy has been uncovering how the Jehovah’s Witnesses hide child sexual abuse in their congregations – in fact, it’s official policy. The religion’s leaders have been going to extreme lengths to keep the details from public view. On this episode of Reveal, we track down people who know the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ secrets and expose stories behind a religion with 8 million followers across the globe.” Why it’s great: I love investigative reporting and Reveal typically does it so well in podcast form. Sometimes I don’t get enough from just one episode covering a particular topic because it can take longer than an hour to tell a story that someone has been investigating for months or even years. But I remember some of Bundy’s earlier work on this topic on Reveal so it was a pleasant surprise to see this piece, which is basically a documentary exposé of the Jehovah’s Witnesses national organization. Very well done. (52 minutes) Twitter: @reveal
Someone Knows Something, S2E4: Intimation (12./12/16): What it’s about: “The search for more information about Sheryl’s disappearance begins to both widen and focus on the details, as David uses everything from Facebook to knocking on doors to try to figure out what might have happened to Sheryl.” Why it’s great: There are a lot of heart pounding moments in this particular episode – and this show has appeared on the Delicious Ingredients several times so my expectations for it are high – but my favorite part of this episode was when host David Ridgen literally went knocking on doors to ask people about what they remembered from the day Sheryl disappeared, and why they might have made certain statements at the time. Then he physically goes to the last place she was reportedly seen, just as he did in season 1, and it is so captivating listening to this in audio format vs. video. It’s so much more powerful when Ridgen has to use words to describe the scene he’s seeing, decades after Sheryl disappeared. (46 minutes) Twitter: @skscbc
On the Media: The Art of the Follow-Up (12/13/16): What it’s about: “Recently CNN’s Jake Tapper asked VPEOTUS Mike Pence the same question over and over again, hoping for an answer. Bob spoke to Tapper back in June about the art of the follow-up.” Why it’s great: Oh how uncomfortable this was–fantastically so. I didn’t realize until I was part-way into the episode that it had been recorded prior to the election, but I loved how Bob Garfield turned the tables on Jake Tapper and asked him repeatedly why he wouldn’t push back on Trump further than he did when he flat out lied. I get what Tapper was saying – you can’t completely cut off your relationship with these public figures by being rude to them, but Garfield’s point was should the media be concerned with being rude or getting the facts straight and calling out lies? Fascinating discussion between two whip smart journalists. (17 minutes) Twitter: @onthemedia
What do you think of these episodes? Any specific episodes I HAVE to listen to from this week? Leave me a comment or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!